Hillside Elementary School

Empowering all to learn, create, contribute and grow.

  • September 28, 2021 (7PM) BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING: 


    The Livingston Board of Education will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 7 p.m. 
     
    Due to the current health crisis, we will continue to hold Board of Education meetings virtually until further notice. Meetings will be held in a webinar format during which participants will have the ability to ask questions and make comments. Registration is required. The meetings will be livestreamed on Facebook @LivSchools. View Public Comment Guidelines HERE
    Comments (-1)
  • COVID-19 TESTING
    LPS Staff, Students and Families: Voluntary Covid PCR testing will be offered every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Riker Hill Media Center.  APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED.

    The District is partnering with BacktoWork Solutions which offers the highest quality PCR testing available at no out-of-pocket-expenses and has a quick 24-48 hour turnaround.

    Testing is a 2-step process:
     
    Step 1:  Click here to register for a quick Telemed Evaluation
    Step 2:  Follow email instructions to print out testing prescription and make a testing appointment.

    Comments (-1)

Principal's Messages

  • September 26, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/26/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!  

    Friday evening's Outdoor Movie Night was awesome!  Thanks to the families and staff who attended, and special thanks to the Hillside PTA for coordinating and hosting the event.  The turnout was amazing as was the weather for this fun community event!

    Our Back to School Night is scheduled for this Thursday, September 30.  The event will be held virtually, in much the same fashion as last school year.  The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with me, and will then be followed by teacher presentations.  Classroom, special education and ESL teachers will contact their respective families directly this week with Zoom link information.  The letter from me that was sent home on Friday can be found here.  Please note that the link for my general meeting and a link to a document with special area teachers' Zoom links are found in this letter. 

    We are super-excited about our annual Back to School Pep Rally scheduled for Friday, October 8th!  Grade levels have each been assigned one of our Six Pillars of Character, and are preparing songs, chants and/or dances about their assigned pillar to showcase at the rally!  On Friday, October 8, we are also asking students to wear color shirts that correspond with their assigned pillars.  The pillar assignments and colors are as follows:

    • Kindergarten:  Trustworthiness (blue)
    • First Grade:  Respect (yellow)
    • Second Grade:  Responsibility (green)
    • Third Grade:  Fairness (orange)
    • Fourth Grade:  Caring (red)
    • Fifth Grade:  Citizenship (purple)

    Thanks to families, in advance, for supporting our rally and we look forward to a fun, school-spirited time!

    Regarding lunch ordering, please remember that lunch can no longer be ordered for this week.  Lunch orders for next week (week of October 4) are due by this Friday at 3:00 p.m.  The October lunch menu will be made available shortly on the school's site. It can also be found here.  October dates have been added to the dropdown menu.  Thank you!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Reminders from prior messages:

    1)  We are super excited about this year's PTA Apparel Sale!  Please see this flyer for information.  The sale ends October 6th!

    2)  Families are also reminded that you can now enter your children's absences into the Genesis Parent Portal (phone calls to the school are no longer required).  Information on how to do so can be found here.  

    3)  Please accept this reminder that morning arrival is between 7:35 and 7:50 a.m.  Students who arrive at school after 7:55 will be considered tardy.  We understand that the traffic around school can make it difficult to park, but appreciate your assistance in ensuring that students are in school by 7:50 so that they can start school days on time with their teachers and classmates.  Note that the parking lot is not intended for daily drop-off/pick-up and families must not pull into the lot for arrival or dismissal.  Thank you!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thank you for reading and I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of September 27, 2021

    Tuesday, 9-28: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 9-30:  Back to School Night, 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.

    Week of October 4, 2021:  Week of Respect in NJ Schools

    Tuesday, 10-5: PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" Fundraiser--Calabria's (20% of proceeds benefit 

    the PTA and school!)

    Wednesday, 10-6: PTA's Hillside School Apparel Sale Ends!  (click for flyer)

    Friday, 10-8: Hillside's Back to School Pep Rally!  (Please remember to have children 

    wear their assigned pillar color shirts!)

    Week of October 11, 2021

    Monday, 10-11: Schools Closed for Students; Professional Learning Day for Staff

    Tuesday, 10-12: Start Strong State Assessment, Grade 4 English Language Arts

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, 10-13: Start Strong State Assessment, Grade 4 Mathematics

    PTA's School Store for Students (shopping during recess)

    Thursday, 10-14: Start Strong State Assessment, Grade 5 English Language Arts

    Friday, 10-15: Start Strong State Assessment, Grade 5 Mathematics

    Comments (-1)
  • September 19, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/19/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a fantastic weekend with your children and look forward to a full week of school as much as we do!

    Last Spring, Hillside alumna and sibling of current fifth grader, Arnik Narang, contacted me about having Hillside serve as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Service Project (I said "yes", of course!).  The project was completed just before the start of the school year and you may have already noticed it on the school's playground.  The wooden xylophone was the culmination of a thoughtful project that was completed by Arnik with the support of his troop and family.  We are grateful for their service and look forward to having our students enjoy the wooden xylophone for years to come.  Thanks to Arnik, his troop and the Narang Family for thinking of Hillside School!

    We look forward to an exciting and busy week ahead!  

    Our after school enrichment programs (ASEs) offered through Brainiax begin this week for students who have been signed up by their families.  Questions regarding the programs should be directed to the program coordinator.  

    We have our first PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held virtually and the link for the meeting is in the calendar below.  Look forward to seeing you there!  

    On Wednesday, we have Picture Day (please refer to the flyer that was already sent home and have your children come to school with their best smiles!) and the PTA's first installment of the "Hillside Eats Out" fundraiser at Salad House where 10% of the day's sales will benefit our PTA and school!  If you're looking for takeout that day, please consider supporting the fundraiser!

    After a hiatus last fall, our annual PTA Outdoor Movie Night is back and will take place on Friday evening!  I love every event, but I've always appreciated this one as our first of the year because it brings the school community together in such a special way.  I hope many families have signed up and I look forward to a great evening under the stars!  

    Our Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 30.  Families will receive detailed information this upcoming week.  For your planning purposes, the event will be held virtually, in much the same fashion as last school year.  The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with me, and will then be followed by teacher presentations.  Classroom, special education and ESL teachers will contact their respective families directly with Zoom link information.  Special area teacher Zoom link information will be provided in the forthcoming letter. 

    We are super excited about this year's PTA Apparel Sale!  This flyer is hot off the press (completed just minutes ago) and contains some very hip, school-spirited apparel.  Can't wait to purchase my own!  The sale ends October 6th!

    Regarding lunch ordering, please remember that lunch can no longer be ordered for this week.  Lunch orders for next week (week of Sept. 27) are due by this Friday at 3:00 p.m.  Thanks for your understanding!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Reminders from prior messages:

    1)  Families are also reminded that you can now enter your children's absences into the Genesis Parent Portal (phone calls to the school are no longer required).  Information on how to do so can be found here.  

    2)  Please accept this reminder that morning arrival is between 7:35 and 7:50 a.m.  Students who arrive at school after 7:55 will be considered tardy.  We understand that the traffic around school can make it difficult to park, but appreciate your assistance in ensuring that students are in school by 7:50 so that they can start school days on time with their teachers and classmates.  Note that the parking lot is not intended for daily drop-off/pick-up and families must not pull into the lot for arrival or dismissal.  Thank you!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thank you for reading and I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of September 20, 2021

    Tuesday, 9- 21: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (virtual; click here)

    Wednesday, 9-22: Picture Day

    PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" Fundraiser; Eat at Salad House today and 10% 

    of the proceeds will benefit the PTA and school!

    Thursday, 9-23: GT Art Begins (for enrolled fourth and fifth graders only)

    Friday, 9-24: PTA's Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday, 9-26: World Character Day

    Week of September 27, 2021

    Tuesday, 9-28: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 9-30:  Back to School Night, 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.  (virtual; information forthcoming)

     

    Comments (-1)
  • September 12, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/12/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend!  The weather has been just fantastic!

    Regarding lunch ordering, I want to thank families for their patience as we work through evolving logistics.  In an effort to, hopefully, improve the process for families, we have made the following changes on the form and in procedures:

    • The order form now includes a drop down menu for classroom teacher names.  Families can select teacher names from the menu, rather than typing them into the form. 
    • The order form also now includes a drop down menu for dates on which school is in session, rather than selecting from a generic monthly calendar.  Note: We only have dates through Oct. 1 listed for now; dates will be added for each new month as lunch menus become available.
    • The order form will no longer be "closed" or "opened" for ordering.  Instead, we will remove dates for which families can no longer order at 3:00 p.m. every Friday.  
      • For example, dates for the week of September 20 will be removed this Friday, 9-17, at 3:00, which means that after this time, families can no longer order for the week of Sept. 20.  Families can still order, in advance, for any dates listed. 
    • REMINDER:  The order form and monthly menu can be found on the school's site.  Payments can be processed only through MySchoolBucks

    Thank you and we are hopeful that these changes will streamline ordering for families and logistics for our staff!

    Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22.  Information regarding Picture Day went home with students this past week.  Families should check student folders/backpacks for the flyer and ordering information.  

    We are fortunate at Hillside and in Livingston to have school counselors in each elementary school (not the case everywhere).  Please see this welcome letter from Mr. Bowe, Hillside's school counselor, about services she provides students.  Should the need ever arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to her for assistance and support.  

    The Hillside PTA has partnered, once again, with Brainiax Innovative Learning, to provide after-school enrichment opportunities for our students in grades K-5.  Please look out for a flyer that will be coming home this week.  Information can also be found on this site

    Please accept this reminder that schools are closed this Thursday, September 16, in observance of Yom Kippur.  

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Reminders from prior messages:

    1)  Families are also reminded that you can now enter your children's absences into the Genesis Parent Portal (phone calls to the school are no longer required).  Information on how to do so can be found here.  

    2)  Please accept this reminder that morning arrival is between 7:35 and 7:50 a.m.  Students who arrive at school after 7:55 will be considered tardy.  We understand that the traffic around school can make it difficult to park, but appreciate your assistance in ensuring that students are in school by 7:50 so that they can start school days on time with their teachers and classmates.  Note that the parking lot is not intended for daily drop-off/pick-up and families must not pull into the lot for arrival or dismissal.  Thank you!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thank you and have a great week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  All of my messages are posted on the school's site under "Principal's Messages" for easy future reference. 

    P.P.S.  Please be sure to review the calendar below with each new message as events/activities are sometimes added, deleted and/or changed.  

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of September 13, 2021

    Tuesday, 9-14: BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 9-16: Yom Kippur, Schools Closed

    Week of September 20, 2021

    Tuesday, 9- 21: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (virtual; click here)

    Wednesday, 9-22: Picture Day

    PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" Fundraiser; Eat at Salad House today and 10% 

    of the proceeds will benefit the PTA and school!

    Thursday, 9-23: GT Art Begins (for enrolled fourth and fifth graders only)

    Friday, 9-24: PTA's Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Week of September 27, 2021

    Tuesday, 9-28: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 9-30:  Back to School Night, 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.  (virtual; information forthcoming)

    Comments (-1)
  • September 8, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 9/8/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and Rosh Hashanah holiday if you celebrate!

    We had a great first couple of days of school and students have already begun settling into school and classroom routines.  Your children are doing great and we appreciate all of your assistance and support!

    Please accept this reminder that morning arrival is between 7:35 and 7:50 a.m.  Students who arrive at school after 7:55 will be considered tardy.  We understand that the traffic around school can make it difficult to park, but appreciate your assistance in ensuring that students are in school by 7:50 so that they can start school days on time with their teachers and classmates.  Note that the parking lot is not intended for daily drop-off/pick-up and families must not pull into the lot for arrival or dismissal.  Thank you!

    Note about lunch:  Families who opt to purchase school lunch must do so by each Friday before.  The order form will be closed over weekends to ensure that orders can be processed without any being missed.  The form is currently closed, but will open tomorrow morning for next week's orders.  Orders for this Friday will not be accepted.  Orders can be accepted for weeks in advance, should families decide to order for the month.  The order form and monthly menu can be found on the school's site.  Payments can be processed only through MySchoolBucks.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

    Families are also reminded that you can now enter your children's absences into the Genesis Parent Portal (phone calls to the school are no longer required).  Information on how to do so can be found here.  

    Calling all Summer Reading Logs and Summer Bridge Packets (current grades 1 and 2)!!  Reading logs and bridge packets are due back to school by this Friday, September 10.  Students who submit completed logs and packets will be recognized at our annual Back to School Pep Rally in October!  

    Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of the week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Week of September 6, 2021

    Friday, 9-10: Hillside Summer Reading Logs/Summer Bridge Packets (grades 1 & 2) 

    Due to Classroom Teachers (see information on school site)

    Week of September 13, 2021

    Tuesday, 9-14: BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 9-16: Yom Kippur, Schools Closed

    Week of September 20, 2021

    Tuesday, 9- 21: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (virtual; click here)

    Wednesday, 9-22: Picture Day (information forthcoming!)

    PTA's "Hillside Eats Out" Fundraiser; Eat at Salad House today and 10% 

    of the proceeds will benefit the PTA and school!

    Friday, 9-24: PTA's Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Week of September 27, 2021

    Tuesday, 9-28: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 9-30:  Back to School Night (virtual; information forthcoming)



    Comments (-1)
  • Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 8/31/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you well and excited for the start of the school year!

    Tomorrow is the first day of school and the Hillside faculty and staff are thrilled to welcome your children to what promises to be a fantastic school year ahead!  Welcoming our Kindergarteners at yesterday's Play Date and our new families today was so special.  Welcome, again!

    Given the immense amount of information provided to you in my welcome letter, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few items for the start of school as follows:

    • School doors open at 7:35 a.m.  Doors 5 (by the playground) and 9 (the pillar doors) will be the only two doors open for students.  Students of any grade can enter through either door, although we encourage our students in grades K-2 to enter through door 9. 
    • Supervision will be provided for students as they arrive.  Students in grades K-2 will enter and gather in the school's upper gym and students in grades 3-5 will enter and gather in the lower gym.  We would greatly appreciate it if families can remind children of this at drop off.
      • Kindergarten Families:  Unfortunately, tomorrow's forecasted rain means that we will forego outdoor lineup on the first day.  Please be sure to drop off your little ones at door 9.  We will have extra hands available to ensure their safe transfer to the upper gym. 
    • Students must be in school by 7:55 a.m. to avoid being considered tardy.  Families arriving after this time must drop off children at the main entrance to be signed in by office staff.  
    • For reasons of safety and security, parents and other adults will not be permitted to enter through doors 5 and 9.  Anyone needing assistance must go to the main entrance adjacent to the parking lot.
    • Students in grades 1-5 will dismiss at 2:37 p.m.  Kindergarteners will dismiss at 2:30.  Dismissal doors are as follows:
      • K and 1:  Door 9
      • 2 and 3:  Door 7
        • Note: Mrs. King's and Mrs. Padilla's third grade classes will dismiss from door 8.  Families must wait at the bottom of the staircase.
      • 4 and 5:  Door 6
    • For students enrolled in the YMCA or JCC aftercare options, or for those taking a district bus home, we will ensure safe transition to these programs at dismissal.
    • Lunch from our food service will be served on the first three days of school for families who were able to successfully access the order form before it was closed.  The form will be reopened for next week beginning Thursday.  If you were unable to order, please be sure to send children to school with lunch from home.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 
    • Students in all grades are permitted to have snack.  Families are encouraged to pack children with a daily, healthy snack. 
    • Weather permitting, we will have lunch outside.  We also have an indoor plan that allows students to eat safely apart in one of our two gyms (that we anticipate using tomorrow!).  Families are encouraged to send children in with a towel or cushion in a bag on which to sit daily.  To maximize use of both spaces, students will sit on gym floors while they eat as they did to end last school year.
    • Students will be required to wear masks all day, other than during lunch and snack, or when outside.  Families should pack at least one extra mask in student backpacks.

    Our new physical education team has crafted this welcome letter for families to review. 

    In addition, please see Nurse's Lisa September Newsletter for important health information. 

    Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing your children tomorrow!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Wednesday, September 1:  First Day of School for Students!  (Full Day of School)

    Monday, September 6:  Labor Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, September 7:  Rosh Hashanah, Schools Closed

    Wednesday, September 8:  Rosh Hashanah, Schools Closed

    Friday, September 10:  Hillside Summer Reading Logs Due to Classroom Teachers (see information on school site)

    Thursday, September 16:  Yom Kippur, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, September 21:  PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, September 22:  Picture Day

    Friday, September 24:  PTA's Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, September 30:  Back to School Night

    Comments (-1)
  • Welcome Back Letter and Family Guide

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 8/26/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Please see attached for my welcome back letter and the school family guide.  I encourage you to read the guide carefully, and take particular note of the sections noted as "**NEW**".

    Thank you very much and we are all excited for the first day of school!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    Principal

    Comments (-1)
  • Faculty Lineup!

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 8/19/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the summer!  We are all excited for the start of the school year and hope your children are, too!    

    As you know, class placements become available to parents in the Genesis Parent Portal today, August 19th, after 5:00 p.m.  I am writing to you, in advance, to make you aware of the teaching/certificated staff lineup for this upcoming school year.  

    First, let me share with you that we have had a number of changes that were the result of varying circumstances, including the shifting of section numbers, maternity leaves, resignations or reassignment of staff.  We also welcome several new faculty members and are very happy to have them as part of the Hillside School community.  

    Notable changes in the faculty lineup include the following:

    • Mrs. Kathryn Pezzuli (Librizzi in the portal) and Miss Cassie Skwirut are new additions to Hillside's first grade team.
    • Miss Samantha Russo and Mrs. Amira Padilla are new additions to Hillside's third grade team.
    • Mrs. Havrilla and Mrs. Hinds both join the fifth grade team.
    • Miss Sara Araujo and Miss Alyssa Ratner join the Special Education team at Hillside.  Note: Miss Ratner is with us until Mrs. Erika Yersak's return from maternity leave in November. 
    • Mrs. Lindsey Gursky returns from maternity leave as Reading Specialist, replacing Mrs. Lauren Szaro in that role as she begins her maternity leave.
    • ESL teacher, Mrs. Michelle Kang, has been reassigned to Harrison School as the school's full-time ESL teacher.  While we will truly miss her, we wish her well at her new school!
    • Mr. Leopoldo Caraballo replaces Mr. Schinelli as Hillside's full-time physical education teacher.  We also welcome Mrs. Christine Alamorian and Miss Jackie Gronek to the physical education team at Hillside. 
    • Mrs. Jaqueline Kestler replaces Mrs. Michelle Bodow as teacher of Gifted and Talented.  

    The following list summarizes the changes above and outlines our current faculty lineup:

    • Kindergarten:
    • K-1:  Mrs. Pam Lalli
    • K-2:  Mrs. Caroline Dugan
    • K-3:  Mr. Kevin Sinsimer
    • First grade:
    • 1-1:  Miss Katelyn Viverito
    • 1-2:  Mrs. Kathryn Pezzulli (Librizzi in portal)
    • 1-3:  Miss Cassie Skwirut
    • Second Grade:
    • 2-1:  Miss Janene DePalo
    • 2-2:  Mrs. Chani Levine
    • 2-3:  Miss Jessica Reid
    • Third Grade:
    • 3-1:  Mrs. Amanda King
    • 3-2:  Mr. Justin Grossman
    • 3-3:  Miss Samantha Russo
    • 3-4:  Mrs. Amira Padilla 
    • Fourth Grade:
    • 4-1:  Mrs. Jade Eden
    • 4-2:  Mr. Eric Hazelcorn
    • 4-3:  Mrs. Allison Devine (Fedele in portal)
    • Fifth Grade:
    • 5-1:  Mrs. Lauren Castoro
    • 5-2:  Mrs. Bridget Marshall
    • 5-3:  Mrs. Amy Hinds
    • 5-4:  Mrs. Kristen Havrilla
    • Special Education:
    • Ms. Marisa Gengaro
    • Mrs. Patricia Price
    • Miss Sara Araujo
    • Miss Alyssa Ratner (in for Mrs. Yersak until November)
    • Mrs. Nicole Hanna
    • Specialists:
    • Mr. Leopoldo Caraballo (Physical Education)
    • Miss Jackie Gronek (Physical Education)
    • Mrs. Christine Alamorian (Physical Education)
    • Mr. Richard Battista (General Music, GT Music and Chorus)
    • Mrs. Michele Matten (General Music)
    • Mrs. Melissa Mondanaro-Protocollo (Art, GT Art, STEAM)
    • Mrs. Rosa Gonzalez (World Language-Spanish)
    • Mrs. Colleen Donnelly (Library-Media, STEAM)
    • Mr. Jim Hegedus (Band)
    • Mrs. Etleva Vatoci (Strings)
    • Support Specialists:
    • Mrs. Pia Bauer (Reading Interventionist)
    • Mrs. Lindsey Gursky  (Reading Specialist)
    • Mrs. Laura Dugan (Mathematics Basic Skills Instructor, Grades 3-5)
    • Mrs. Dana Wallock (Mathematics Basic Skills Instructor, Grades K-2)
    • Mrs. Kristina Dugan (ESL)
    • Mrs. Jaqueline Kestler (Gifted and Talented, STEAM)
    • Mrs. Lisa Bowe (School Counselor)
    • Mr. Mitch Wasserman (Technology Coach, STEAM)
    • Child Study Team/Related Services:
    • Mrs. Danusia Rampolla (Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant)
    • Mr. Dean Smith (Social Worker/Behaviorist)
    • Mrs. Alexis Finley (School Psychologist)
    • Mrs. Diana Miller (Physical Therapist)
    • Dr. Carla Flynn (Occupational Therapist)
    • Mrs. Jaime Brodsky (Speech and Language Pathologist)
    • Nurse:
    • Ms. Lisa Garamella 

    Of course, along with this awesome faculty lineup, we have an amazing crew of support staff that includes office personnel, instructional and lunch aides, and our custodians, all of whom play an important role in our success.  And, we appreciate them very much!

    Note about class placements:  

    I respectfully advise parents that all class placements are final.  Changes will not be made.  The formation of each class has been carefully considered over the last few months, taking into account individual student needs, strengths, and personalities, student programming and behavioral needs, as well as teacher input among other factors.  We have an amazingly talented staff who are all well-suited to teach your children and, so, I thank you, in advance, for your understanding, cooperation, and trust, and look forward to what promises to be yet another wonderful year at Hillside School! 

    I will be in touch with you, again, next week with my official "welcome back" letter and some housekeeping items.  You should also expect to hear from your children's teachers next week as well.  

    In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the last of these summer days with your children.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  School supply and Summer Reading information can be found on the school's website. 

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Upcoming Dates to Remember!

    Monday, August 30:  Kindergarten Play Date & Classroom Tours, 6:00 p.m. (information 

    forthcoming)

    Tuesday, August 31:  New Family Meet & Greet (Grades 1-5), 3:00 p.m. (information 

    forthcoming)

              Kindergarten Play Date Rain Date

    Wednesday, September 1:  First Day of School for Students!  (Full Day of School)

    Monday, September 6:  Labor Day, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, September 7:  Rosh Hashanah, Schools Closed

    Wednesday, September 8:  Rosh Hashanah, Schools Closed

    Friday, September 10:  Hillside Summer Reading Logs Due to Classroom Teachers (see information on school site)

    Thursday, September 16:  Yom Kippur, Schools Closed

    Tuesday, September 21:  PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, September 22:  Picture Day

    Friday, September 24:  PTA's Outdoor Movie Night, 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, September 30:  Back to School Night

     

    Comments (-1)
  • June 24, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/24/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    Happy last day of school!  This short week has been an exciting one!  We had an amazing morning yesterday for the Fifth Grade Talent Show and the Color Wars Pillar Cheers.  Everyone did great and it was such a special way for us to end the year together.  We look forward to one last celebration for our fifth graders at this afternoon's Clap Out!

    On Monday, we enjoyed a virtual visit by our friends from the Livingston Public Library who introduced this year's Summer Challenge, "Tails and Tales".  Please see here for a brief video detailing the challenge and here for additional information about signing up.  The LPL is an amazing resource in town and we are fortunate to have a wonderful partnership with it.  Hillside students typically participate in high volumes, and we look forward to that continuing.  Thanks, in advance!

    Hillside School also offers its own summer reading challenge to keep literacy alive throughout the summer.  We encourage all of our students to read to maintain, reinforce and grow their literacy skills!  To that end, we ask that families review our summer reading information here for grades K-4.  Students in grade 5 can review the MPMS summer reading challenge information here.  

    Subscription bussing applications for next school year are now available.  Families interested in this service can find information in this letter from the Transportation Department.  Questions about the service should be directed to the contact information in the letter. 

    As families may be aware, elementary schools in Livingston are transitioning to a new schedule starting next school year.  The new start time for elementary schools is 7:50 a.m.  The new dismissal time is 2:37 p.m.  Additional information regarding the schedule will be made available to families in the future, but we wanted to be sure you had this information well in advance of September 1 so that you can plan child care accordingly.

    Please take a moment to review the reminder messages that follow:

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  The PTA has, again, partnered with EPI to provide families with an efficient and easy way to get next year's school supplies.  Information can be found in this flyer, which was also sent home with students this past week.  Please note that all orders are due by June 25!

    2)  Note from the Kiwanis Club of Livingston:  

    The Fourth of July Swim Karnival will take place on July 4th at 10:00 a.m. at the Haines Pool. All children from Livingston between the ages of three and 13 are invited to participate in the event. The Swim Karnival is Free. No registration is required.  Children who want to participate must be at the Haines Memorial Pool next to the high school no later than 9:45 a.m. on July 4th. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Swim races will be held for the children based on age and prizes will be awarded to everyone that participates. An arts and crafts table will also be available for the children.  Please see this flyer for information.  Thanks!

    3)  Former Hillside student, Shlok Baijal, and co-founder of Pencil2Paper, a non-profit organization started by Livingston High school students with a mission to provide education for all, are conducting a book drive to collect books appropriate for ages birth to high school. This drive is taking place during the months of June and July.  Attached is the flyer for more details.  Any support you can provide this organization is greatly appreciated!  

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    In a final note, and on behalf of the amazing Hillside staff, I want to thank families and students for their partnership, patience and support this school year.  While it was not without its challenges, I could not be prouder of our school community for rising above and making delicious lemonade out of lemons.  Ending the school year with full days of school was especially rewarding, and we were extremely thankful for the opportunity to move that much closer to normal before the year ended.  Leading this school is truly an honor that I do not take for granted.

    I wish our fifth graders only the best as they move onto middle school.  I wish families who are not returning to Hillside in September the best in what your futures bring.  I wish everyone a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating summer, and look forward to seeing those who are returning very soon!  

    Happy summer, Hillside School!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 21, 2021

    Thursday, 6-24: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Last Day of School!

    Fifth Grade Talent Show Rain Date

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

    Happy Summer!

    First Day of School for Students:  Wednesday, September 1


    For the 2021-22 School Calendar, please click here.

    Comments (-1)
  • June 20, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/20/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you are enjoying the weekend and Happy Father's Day to all of our Hillside dads!

    Four more days to go!  In our final four days, we look forward to our annual Fifth Grade Talent Show (for the student body and staff only) and the Fifth Grade Clap Out on the last day of school.  While it has been a year full of challenges, we are so thankful to be able to end it together, in person.  We are also thankful for your support and partnership this year. 

    Families are advised that we have partial days of school on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. and there are no lunch or afternoon classes on these days. 

    Devices for students in grades 2-5 will be collected at Hillside by the Technology Department on Wednesday during the school day.  In-person students should come to school with their devices and chargers.  Remote students should drop off their devices on Thursday at Mount Pleasant Middle School in the Media Center hallway between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.  Students in grades K and 1 are permitted to keep their devices at home over the summer.  We ask that you please store them safely to ensure proper operating functionality to start next school year.  K and 1 students who are not returning to Hillside next school year should return their devices to their classroom teachers/school by the last day of school.  Thank you!

    Note from the Kiwanis Club of Livingston:  

    The Fourth of July Swim Karnival will take place on July 4th at 10:00 a.m. at the Haines Pool. All children from Livingston between the ages of three and 13 are invited to participate in the event. The Swim Karnival is Free. No registration is required.  Children who want to participate must be at the Haines Memorial Pool next to the high school no later than 9:45 a.m. on July 4th. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Swim races will be held for the children based on age and prizes will be awarded to everyone that participates. An arts and crafts table will also be available for the children.  Please see this flyer for information.  Thanks!

    Please see Nurse Lisa's final newsletter of the year for some helpful summer tips and reminders. 

    Former Hillside student, Shlok Baijal, and co-founder of Pencil2Paper, a non-profit organization started by Livingston High school students with a mission to provide education for all, are conducting a book drive to collect books appropriate for ages birth to high school. This drive is taking place during the months of June and July.  Attached is the flyer for more details.  Any support you can provide this organization is greatly appreciated!  

    I share with you the following staff news:

      • Reading Specialist, Mrs. Szaro, will be on maternity leave next school year to enjoy her growing family.  We wish her all the best as she welcomes her fourth child later this summer!  Congratulations, Szaro Family!
      • Longtime Hillside School teachers, Mr. Ebneth and Mrs. Damante (both on leave this year), have resigned from their positions for retirement and to pursue other ambitions, respectively.  We are thankful for their years of service to the students of Hillside School and wish them both the very best.  They will both be missed!
      • First grade teacher, Mrs. Pacheco, has also resigned from her position after 12 years at Hillside School.  She is relocating out of state with her husband.  We thank Mrs. Pacheco for her years of service to our students and school.  She will be missed!
      • Mrs. Michelle Bodow, Gifted and Talented teacher, is retiring at the end of this school year.  We, too, are thankful for her many years of service to the children of Hillside and Livingston, and wish her the best in her retirement!  We will miss you!
      • Longtime Hillside physical education teacher, Mr. Schinelli, is also retiring after 20 years in the school district.  We are grateful for his service to our students and the school.  He will truly be missed, as well.  Please see the following note that he asked I pass along to families:

     

    • Families,

     

    Please allow me to take this opportunity to personally thank you and our entire Hillside family for many years of amazing support. At the end of this year, I will be retiring and starting the next chapter of my life. Although I will deeply miss Hillside / Livingston, the time has come for my family to begin our next journey.

    For nearly 30 years I have been a public school teacher, and I can honestly say that my time at Hillside has been the crowning achievement of that time. My family and I are so incredibly grateful to each and every person, child and family. 

    I truly wish you all the very best and certainly will check back in from time to time to hear about how Hillside is doing!!!

    Best,

    Matthew Schinelli

    Please take a moment to review the reminder messages below and the calendar for the remainder of the year that follows.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  The PTA has, again, partnered with EPI to provide families with an efficient and easy way to get next year's school supplies.  Information can be found in this flyer, which was also sent home with students this past week.  Please note that all orders are due by June 25!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thank you and enjoy the week ahead!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 21, 2021

    Monday, 6-21: Livingston Public Library Youth Summer Reading Program Assembly, 

    9:00 a.m.

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-22: Fifth Grade Yearbook Signing, 9:00 a.m.

    Talent Show Pillar Cheer Rehearsal, 1:30 p.m. 

    Wednesday, 6-23: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show (weather permitting)

    Student Device Collection, Grades 2-5

    Thursday, 6-24: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Last Day of School!

    Fifth Grade Talent Show Rain Date

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

     

    Happy Summer!

    Comments (-1)
  • June 13, 2021

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/13/2021

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you have enjoyed the weekend!

    Friday's Field Day and Fifth Grade Games were so much fun!  The school community spent the day outdoors on what proved to be a great day for it, weatherwise!  Caring Communities teams played for character points and had a great time working through each of the Field Day activities.  The fifth graders proved to be worthy opponents versus the staff and held their own during ultimate frisbee and volleyball.  The staff retained its undefeated record, but these games were the closest in recent memory!  Great job, fifth graders!

    We have another busy week ahead that includes the Student Council Election Assembly on Monday, the Kindergarten Celebration on Tuesday, the Fifth Grade Meadowbrook Day Camp on-site trip on Wednesday, and the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Friday.  So much to enjoy! 

    The Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion has prepared a week full of activities leading up to Juneteenth, which is next Saturday, June 19th.  These activities are designed to celebrate Black history and culture, and information can be found here (note: there is a link to the LCDI Facebook page that includes additional information for those wishing to participate).  Special thanks to the LCDI for sharing this information with our schools!

    Please take a moment to review the reminder messages below and the calendar for the remainder of the year that follows.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REMINDER MESSAGES:

    1)  The PTA has, again, partnered with EPI to provide families with an efficient and easy way to get next year's school supplies.  Information can be found in this flyer, which was also sent home with students this past week.  Please note that all orders are due by June 25!

    2)  In collaboration with the Student Council, two of our students, siblings Ava and Ardyn Anapolle, have spearheaded a collection for cancer patients at St. Barnabas Medical Center called The Comfort Project 360.  We are seeking to collect items for this tremendous cause by grade level and appreciate your support, in advance!  Items can be found here and we will collect through Friday, June 18th.  Thank you!!

    3)  Note from the District regarding summer opportunities for students:

    LPS Summer Academy 2021

    Livingston Public Schools is committed to providing students with excellent educational experiences. For some students, additional time on-task, under the guidance of certified teachers, permits them the time and attention to achieve their potential. We are pleased to welcome your children back for in-person instruction this year for our summer options!  VISIT: LPS Summer Academy

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thank you and have a great week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 14, 2021

    Monday, 6-14: Student Council Election Assembly, 8:45 a.m. (weather permitting)

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-15: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.

    Student Council Election Assembly Rain Date, 1:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-16: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp (weather permitting)

    Thursday, 6-17: Fifth Grade On-Site Trip w/Meadowbrook Day Camp RAIN DATE

    Friday, 6-18: End of Final Marking Period

    Comfort Project 360 Donations Due

    Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.

    Saturday, 6-19: Juneteenth

    Sunday, 6-20: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 21, 2021

    Monday, 6-21: Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    Livingston Public Library Youth Summer Reading Program Assembly, 

    9:00 a.m. (if Moving Up Ceremony rain date is not used)

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-22: Kindergarten Celebration, 8:45 a.m.  RAIN DATE

    Wednesday, 6-23: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Fifth Grade Talent Show (weather permitting)

    Student Device Collection, Grades 2-5

    Thursday, 6-24: Partial Day of School for Students, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Last Day of School!

    Fifth Grade Talent Show Rain Date

    Fifth Grade Clap Out, 12:00 p.m.

    Final Report Cards Available to Families after 3:00 p.m.

     

    Happy Summer!

    Comments (-1)
  • photo of apples and "order lunch" wording

Report an Absence/Tardy

  • In order to ensure the safety of our students, parents should report their child's absence or tardy in the Genesis Parent Portal before their child's school starts for the day. This system replaces the "Call For Safety" procedure. 

    • Click HERE to log onto the Genesis Parent Portal.
    • Click HERE for instruction on how to report a child absent or tardy. 

     

  • LPS app

  • Hillside Character Education

  • LPS is Future Ready

CLOSE
CLOSE